Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Individuals make a difference for others
Several individuals have made a significant difference recently in the lives of individuals with special needs by providing adaptive sports assistance. Their volunteer efforts have increased the feeling of community and social belonging that is much needed with people who face disadvantages on a daily basis.

Derby races off to a successful start
The Rotary Club of Kenai would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations who sponsored cars and trophies for the Kenai River Soap Box Derby. Your support made this first-year event possible.

Editorial is same old song, different remix
I’ve read some bad editorials in my time but the Frontiersman’s “Now’s the time to move the legislators closer to the people” is one of the worst. A poorly put together remix of the same old song, “It can’t work right if I can’t drive there,” which when listened to carefully sounds more like “Juneau has it but we want it.”

Reader questions mailed-in note
I’m writing this letter as an open question(s) to the person(s) who mailed the postcard back to the Concerned Citizens Coalition received in the mail. It was attached to an informational flyer inserted in the Peninsula Clarion’s May 25 issue. The postcard states, “The process is flawed, your school could be next: I ______ support the reconsideration of the Sears/Mt. View consolidation. The process now in place did not allow adequate opportunity for the public’s input and, therefore does not have public support and confidence. In addition, the negative consequences of the consolidation were not predicted, and time constraints given were unrealistic, people could not fully understand the process. The time line for selection of a new principal was only eight days, clearly not sufficient time for public input. We demand fair representation for all citizens of this district and we expect the KPBSD Administration to explain why this is in the best interest of our children and to answer all of our questions and concerns.”

Breakfast help makes coordinator flip for joy
Ninilchik Emergency Services would like to say thank you to all of you who help by supporting our pancake breakfast Memorial Day weekend.

New diagnosis may lead to cure
Landon Rogers loves the Pixar movie “Cars,” especially the character Lightning McQueen. And just like that little red sports car, once Landon gets going, he’s hard to stop.

Assembly faces full agenda
Beyond the public hearing and expected action on the fiscal year 2008 budget, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold several other public hearings.

Kids changing the world one peninsula project at a time
Some of them never held a drill before, let alone built a house, but that won’t stop them from getting the job done. Beginning June 23, approximately 600 kids will each put in 32 hours of labor for a total of 19,200 hours in four days to build houses for middle- to low-income families on the Kenai Peninsula.

EPA reissues inlet discharge permit
The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week it has reissued the general permit under which Alaska oil and gas facilities discharge waste into Cook Inlet.

Mayor wants money back
Mayor John Williams is looking to convince Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members Tuesday that they should reinstate three projects cut from the proposed fiscal year 2008 borough budget.

Assembly to consider amendments to proposed fiscal year ’08 budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to consider several amendments to the proposed fiscal year 2008 budget when they meet in Soldotna on Tuesday.

Richard A. ‘Dick’ Edwards
Alaska resident Richard A. “Dick” Edwards died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at home in Kenai. He was 75.

Robert J. ‘Kenai Bob’ Stevenson
Anchorage resident Robert J. “Kenai Bob” Stevenson died Friday, June 1, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 59.

Ruth Elaine Wilkes
Longtime Sterling resident Ruth Elaine Wilkes died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.

Let nature take its course: No matter how distressing, orphaned animals should be left alone
Wild animals belong in the wild. But every spring, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is called to deal with orphaned baby animals. Wildlife managers appreciate that people want to help animals, but in most cases human intervention does not help. People are advised to leave animals alone.

Community Events
The Soldotna Community Library will hold a free summer reading program called “Get a Clue at Your Library.” Readers will find clues, solve mysteries and puzzles, and participate in other activities during the program. Children preschool age through young adults are eligible to join in the fun. Family activities also are planned. Registration ends July 18.

Soldotna High School class of 2007
  Soldotna High School class of 2007 graduates, from left, Mike Reed, Annie Gardner, Alyssa Emery, Patrick Moore, Adam Miller and Brent Mello applaud a speaker during their commencement ceremony May 23 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Photo by M. Scott Moon Calvin Aldridge

Peninsula People
Bundy celebrates milestones Dutton makes dean’s list Lousberg graduates college Hensley receives grant SMS honor roll announced

· Sarah Kimbrell Whitney and Eric Whitney of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Aidyn Paige Whitney, at 1:17 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Around the Peninsula
Women go on the defensive Nutrition classes available Alzheimers to be discussed Steak dinner fundraiser scheduled Quilt show a piece of work Summer day camp available in Nikiski Community fun run set to start Everything under the sun fundraiser set Walk for Hope fundraiser planned

Around the Peninsula
Run for River vendors, runners sought Quilters to gather Resiliency classes continue Cowboy up Kids reading program continues Garden club digs in

Peninsula Reflections
Three wooden Orthodox crosses were found under the floor of St. Nicholas Chapel in Kenai back in 1972 when the Kenai Historical Society began a project to stabilize the aging building.

Twins come back to pick up split
It’s never acceptable to miss the sign for the suicide squeeze as a batter. It is possible to make amends for missing that sign.

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